From: William Shawcross, Allies: The U.S., Britain, Europe, and the War in Iraq
Hatred of America is a powerful and a very destructive force in the world today. Some of that hatred is caused by America's mistakes, though that is not true of the rage of the Islamic nihilists, a minority that nothing can assuage.
I believe that the bottom line is this: For all its faults, American commitment and American sacrifice are essential to the world.
As in the 20th century, so in the 21st, only America has the power and the optimism to defend the international community against what really are the forces of darkness.